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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 17, 2009 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

In the last few days I listened to two incredible first sets from shows. I think sometimes they get treated like appetizers leading to the second set main course. For me the first tapes I had were all second set tapes. However sometimes appetizers are so delicious I can make a meal out of them alone. Here are some of my favorite first sets to munch on. How about you?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-10-12.sbd.miller.86759.sbeok.flac16

Hard to imagine a first set setlist that is more fulfilling than this one. Dark Star>Saint Stephen>WT>11>Death Don't. Nuff Said.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-09-21.sbd.masse.7296.sbeok.shnf

DP36. The thought that waynecs feasted on this first set as his first show is enough to make me puke.

Promised Land, Bird Song, El Paso, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Black Throated Wind, Big Railroad Blues, Jack Straw, Loser, Big River, Ramble On Rose, Cumberland Blues, Playin' In The Band. All played so well, beautiful Bird Song, Rockin' Cumberland and nice PITB to end the set.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-25.sbd.miller.87591.sbeok.flac16

Listened this morning. Flawless first set, beautiful sound. Still one of my favorite Peggy-O's. I don't think I have heard a better first set.

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Mexicali Blues
Peggy-O
Cassidy
Loser
Lazy Lightnin' ->
Supplication
Brown Eyed Women
The Promised Land

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 18, 2009 5:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

This one caught my eye recently

Set 1

The Music Never Stopped ->
Sugaree ->
The Music Never Stopped
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River
It Must Have Been The Roses
C C Rider
Ramble On Rose
Beat It On Down The Line ->
OnThe Road Again
Althea
Let It Grow

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-08-07.fob.unknown.suraci.83513.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 18, 2009 6:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

sometimes tho the music is screeching to the point it hurts my ears ,and I had to turn off the sounds...

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 18, 2009 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

Hey now ,you are all so nice picking the music ,I have lot of fun nowadays !!!

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Poster: ducats Date: Aug 18, 2009 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

a click to a ducat is a beautiful thing

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Poster: waynecs Date: Aug 18, 2009 3:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

"DP36. The thought that waynecs feasted on this first set as his first show is enough to make me puke."

Jealousy is such an ugly emotion.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Aug 18, 2009 6:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

I was gonna float the old 10/29/77 thing but was afraid the pitchforks and torches might come out, so instead I dug up this other incredible first set from a very underappreciated '77 show:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-13.sbd.miller.9393.sbeok.shnf

Seriously, this one is a beauty and ends with one of the finest SCARLET>FIRES around...not too many first sets go out w/such a bang. Hot MNS opener, too.



MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
RAMBLE ON ROSE
CASSIDY
BROWN EYED WOMEN
MINGLEWOOD
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL
EL PASO
JACK A ROE
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
SCARLET>
FIRE

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Poster: ducats Date: Aug 17, 2009 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets


gotta go w/ 1 wk later - and the day after the great DS-Cumberland.


http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-09-28.sbd.bertha.34162.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Aug 17, 2009 4:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

I concur in waves...

some all time first sets, here's six for now...

03-01-1969 Fillmore West my favorite 69 show...the magnificent 7 launch into one of the best Cryptical suites out there...the entrance into New Potato is as lysergic sounding as it gets... Doin that Rag, Cosmic Charlie,
04-29-1971 Best Handle to Handle, Second that Emotion, Dark Hollow each loaded with that quintessential '71 sound...
09-28-1972 Stanley Theatre -- mentioned above, as tight as the Dead get...Ramble On Rose, He's Gone...
09-18-1974 Dijon -- what a sound to this show, the mars Hotel is open for business during a very sweet Scarlet Begonias...UJB and Black Throated Wind (best version ever) are great, Jack Straw and Truckin' begged to be heard
09-03-1977 Englishtown -- some of the best versions of the following tunes can be heard here: Half Step, Music, Peggy-O, TLEO...
10-15-1983 MSG smoking Stranger, Dire Wolf, Brown Eyed Trouble Maker, Big Railroad Blues is on fire, Collosal Let It Grow

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 17, 2009 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

Yeah, I almost threw 9-18-74 in just for the UJB opener and what I assume is one of the last FOTDs played at the original tempo. Great call.

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Poster: ducats Date: Aug 17, 2009 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

whoops - something wrong with the archives sndbd? after the rough start to Truckin it smooths out nicely, but now it sounds like Jers mich is off for Loser.

Wore out a tape of this growing up - a dozen songs sandwiched by a 10m Truckin opener/20m playin closer.

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Aug 17, 2009 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

19 first set songs... enough said.... you may have a hard time finding a better one.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-26.sbd.hollister.12758.sbeok.shnf

here is a post-coma first set that has long been a favourite.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd89-07-07.sbd.wiley.7855.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 17, 2009 12:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

I'm diggin' the serious "scrtatchin'" in this DS. Way before Grandmaster and Run DMC!!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 17, 2009 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

yes, there was a post about that a few years ago.

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 17, 2009 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

There were some great 1st courses in 1976.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-15.sbd.cantor.gmb.96088.flac16

Set 1

The Promised Land
Sugaree
Cassidy
Candyman
The Music Never Stopped
It Must Have Been The Roses
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
Let It Grow ->
Drums ->
Let It Grow ->
Might As Well

http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-06-10.sbd.miller.14264.sbeok.shnf

Set 1

The Promised Land
Sugaree
Cassidy
They Love Each Other
The Music Never Stopped
Brown Eyed Women
Lazy Lightnin' ->
Supplication
Row Jimmy
Big River
Mission In The Rain
Looks Like Rain
Might As Well

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Aug 17, 2009 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

I almost have a preferential taste for the whores dervishes rather than the meat and potatoes of the second sets. This week I've been nibbling at the 6-10-76 with a rare Mission In The Rain followed by a LLR that has got to be top ten. Jerry just shreds behind Weir and Donna, who both are very close to singing on key. Don't care if it's a sappy love song...Jerry didn't either...well worth a listen and there's a nice Seamons Matrix of this show. Methinks the SBD portion is a Betty...very nice in any case.

As for 9-18-74, probably the best of the pre-hiatus Euro shows. Spun with alarming frequency on the Mr. Earl jukebox. Didn't even bother burning the second set to disk. this one's a Charlie Miller, need to say more?

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Aug 17, 2009 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

That Dijon UJB is the quintessential version of that song for me; yet to find one I enjoy more. And it's just the opener...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-09-18.sbd.miller.20732.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 17, 2009 8:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite First Courses, I Mean Sets

Yes, the Dijon set 1 is one of the best around.